Accident in KNP – visitors injured and giraffe killed

VEHICLE ACCIDENT INJURES FOUR PEOPLE AND CLAIMS GIRAFFE’S LIFE A vehicle with 13 day visitors on their way to Letaba was involved in an accident North of Mopani in the Kruger National Park (KNP).  Preliminary reports indicate that a giraffe stepped into the road and the combi hitting. The giraffe fell on top of a  rented safari vehicle with two occupants. The driver of the rental vehicle, a Swiss national was seriously injured and the passenger suffered minor injuries. Medical personnel rushed to the scene of the accident where the…

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It is time for KNP’s concessions to be renewed

KNP sunset

The Kruger National Park private concessions granted almost two decades ago are coming up for renewal. Existing lodge owners had been been an example of successful public-private partnerships. However,  existing concession owners are worried that  new regulations for the second round of concessions would be so accommodating. According to Daily Maverick (DM), private lodges such as Lukimbi charge R30 000 per night. This 5-star lodge is the epitome of luxury and have held a concession for the past 18 years. DM said that when the first concession  were awarded 19…

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Wage dispute resolved at SANParks

According to a statement by South African National Parks (SANParks), a dispute regarding wages and conditions of employment by three unions representing workers in the Collective Bargaining Council had been resolved.  Rey Thakhuli, SANParks Acting Head of Communications said that SANParks and the various labour unions settled the dispute and the parties immediately formalised the agreement. SANParks and the majority of unions, the Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union (HOSPERSA) and National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers Union (NUPSAW), signed an agreement that workers will get an…

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More than 100 000 South Africans entered SA Parks free of charge

Uploaded by Tumelo waga Dibakwane, senior journalist at NewsHorn Media South African National Park (SANParks) saw 113 032 visitors to the parks during South African National Parks Week from 8 September to 15 September 2019. This was a 52.6% increase from last year’s 74 086. This campaign under the established theme ‘Know Your National Parks’ allowed locals with valid identity documents an opportunity to spend a day at a national park of their choice free of charge.  According to SANParks CEO, Fundisile Mketeni the objective of the week is to…

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Managing Executive of Kruger National Park (KNP), Glenn Phillips will be exiting the organization after 16 years of service.

Glen-Philips

South African National Parks (SANParks) Managing Executive of Kruger National Park (KNP), Glenn Phillips, will be exiting the organization after 16 years of service. The Chief Executive Officer of SANParks, Fundisile Mketeni said, “During his tenure as Managing Executive of Tourism, Glenn was instrumental in building sound relationships with the tourism industry, implementing responsible tourism principles, streamlining reservation processes as well as the successful implementation of Public-Private Partnerships. In addition, during his tenure in KNP, he led and guided the revision of the Kruger National Park management plan based on…

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The Sisters do it for themselves and conservation

Winning prestigious awards in the conservation, environmental  and tourism arenas in two consecutive years, the all-female anti-poaching team, the Black Mambas, did it again at a world tourism conference. The founder, Craig Spencer, head warden at the private Balule Game Reserve, with its close proximity to the Kruger National Park and a no-fence arrangement, has now seen this team play a major role in stopping 75% of possible poaching events, in its tracks. Fourteen women were selected for this winning team six years ago and are notching up  top awards…

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New Kruger Shalati- a first for KNP in Afro-chic style

This first-of-its-kind hotel development  to the Kruger National Park is hoped to increase international tourists numbers to Mpumalanga AN AFROCENTRIC LUXURY TRAIN TO BE STATIONED ATOP THE HISTORICAL SELATI BRIDGE AS NEW ICONIC AND UNIQUE PRODUCT IN KRUGER   Having become a leading destination for travelers the world over, South Africa is well positioned to tap into the global luxury tourist market. With this in mind, Thebe Tourism Group has embarked on an exciting initiative which will see the opening of a new upmarket offering completely unique in the world. …

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